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Reduce, Reuse and Share

The concept of sharing is instilled in young minds through interaction and reinforcement. While learning to share seems like a childhood endeavor, it has resurfaced in the adult world in a far-reaching way.

The sharing economy has been evolving, and it is now more possible than ever to share nearly anything.

As people decide that it is beneficial to them and the environment, more individuals and start-ups are springing forward to foster the new sharing model.

As reported by Forbes, a growth of more than 25% is expected this year across the sharing boards. Though this notion of anti-retail consumerism still has the tendency to be profitable for the consumer and provider, sharing cannot be denied as an environmentally friendly endeavor. Sharing merchandise instead of always purchasing new products that may only be used a few times cuts down on environmental costs like landfill waste and pollution caused from continually manufacturing new products.

There are endless lists of things to be shared or rented, and the digital era is making it possible for people everywhere to find what they need.

Popular sites like airbnb allow people to rent out homes or rooms across the globe for travel or when they need a place to stay. Along with a vast selection of different places to check out there are also some eco-friendly housing options.

Renting travel needs like vehicles is nothing new and used to mostly be done mostly through rental companies, but the way people are now finding rides is an expanding area. Nearly any type of vehicle can be rented or shared from sites like RelayRides. If you don’t need to rent, you can get a ride from lyft. And if you prefer to get around on the water instead of land you can even request an invitation to become a member and share someone’s boat at boatbound.

Additionally, renting out clothing is another alternative to buying new. Sites like RenttheRunway allow people to borrow clothing that might not otherwise be an affordable option. Another practical idea is from TieSociety, who rents out ties, cuff links and other related accessories.

There are also a number of miscellaneous objects and services that are up for sharing. Shareable is a compilation of information revolving around the concept. Another example of a sharing site where you can rent or share nearly anything is snapgoods.

There is another aspect of the sharing boost that has less to do with the economy and more to do with community. Though not for sharing material goods, there are a number of sites focusing on collaborative projects or offering resources for individuals to work on theirs.

The HUB is an online global cooperative that helps connect people with motivational material revolving around business projects and services. UnitedPlanet has a virtual interactive bulletin board, the Voices of Earth Project, in which people can share their cultural experiences with others including information like historical aspects, travel tips and languages.

Though some companies may not be pleased to see people exchanging and renting from others instead of having to buy new products, reusing when it makes sense is a good option to have.

This innovative spin on spreading around goods and support reminds us to share and be more globally communal, which is a practice good for people of all ages to employ.

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